Mayor made the statement while conducting an awareness program in Dhaka
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam has stated that the prime motive of the new Road Transport Act 2018 is to bring discipline on roads, not collecting revenue.
"Fine and punishment have been raised in the new law and it has been done to make people aware and abide by the law with respect," said Atiqul Islam on Monday.
The mayor made the statement while conducting an awareness program to use push button and traffic activities in front of SFX Greenherald International School at Asadgate in Dhaka.
He stayed in the area for around two hours and distributed leaflets among drivers and passersby urging to follow the traffic rules and laws.
Atiqul Islam said: "Traffic laws have been strictly followed around the world. People respect the traffic laws as they have to pay a huge amount of money along with harsh punishment for violating traffic rules and laws."
The mayor said that people never violate traffic laws in cantonment area as they will have to pay a huge amount of fine and will be punished for violation but the same drivers violate laws while driving outside of cantonment.
He said traffic laws should be learnt as academic curriculum and that traffic management would not become successful unless awareness is created among students and parents over the issue.
Atiqul also sat with the school authorities over creating awareness among students.
The mayor said that 14 teams will work in front of the school to maintain the digital push button which was set up there by the DNCC.
He also said that a fine system will be introduced from next January 1 for crossing roads haphazardly.